Family dairy firm plans £20m new Stirling facility
A Scottish family dairy firm plans to build a £20m new facility in Stirling, creating 450 new jobs.
Graham’s The Family Dairy has revealed plans to build a new dairy, research and training facility at Craigforth.
The 150,000 sq ft facility would include production lines for milk, cream, cheese and butter as well as a research centre for developing new products.
The Graham family has been farming in Stirlingshire for five generations.
It currently operates a dairy at Airthrey Kerse in Bridge of Allan, a processing plant in Nairn and depots throughout Scotland.
The firm, which had a turnover of £85m in 2014, hopes to finance the new facility via a development of 600 houses, community amenities and a primary school on their land at Airthrey Kerse, which drew some local opposition and is currently awaiting planning permission from the council.
The new centre would see 400 new jobs across sectors including processing, research, design, logistics, marketing, administration and management, as well as creating 50 apprenticeships locally.
It could produce 350 million litres of milk every year, with the fast-expanding firm already churning out more than 700,000 pints a day. The dairy at Airthrey Kerse would remain open, concentrating on producing butter and ice cream as well as acting as the Grahams’ family home.
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